2013 saw Delhi University starting the Four Year Undergraduate Programme, popularly known as the FYUP. All the students who applied for admissions were enrolled under the FYUP scheme. Unfortunately, a few days after the scheme came into action, it started facing a lot of problems. Due to the weak course structure, unavailability of proper faculty and infrastructure along with legal issues, students the teachers had demanded the rollback of FYUP. Mr. Dinesh Singh, VC, Delhi University was accused of having started the four year programme in haste without any proper thought put into it. After about a year since the scheme came into action, it was finally rolled back.
While all other courses under FYUP were reverted to a three year programme, it was decided that the B. Tech courses which were introduced under this scheme would be continued. Unfortunately, the mere survival of these courses didn’t mean much, since for the degree to be a legitimate one, the courses needed an approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
After a large number of protests against the Vice Chancellor of the University, Education Minister and Principals of individual colleges, the students finally saw a ray of hope regarding the approval. A team of two people from the AICTE recently visited various colleges which offer B. Tech courses like Hans Raj College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College to inspect the colleges in terms of the laboratories, course structure, teachers and their qualifications, among other specifications required for the B. Tech courses. While in some colleges the team interacted with the students along with the teachers, in others they just had a conversation Principal and the teachers.
“The two people who came for the inspection asked us whether we were satisfied with our course or not. They also inquired about the condition of our laboratories, the college’s Wi-Fi and the faculty. The inspection went well, I guess, and now we are all waiting for their decision.”, said Nidhi Gupta, a B. Tech. (C.S.) student from Hans Raj College.”
The inspection is over and all the students currently pursuing B. Tech courses from the University are hoping for a positive response from the AICTE.